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This week on the Think Atheist Radio Show we have our interview with Dr. Sebastian Seung! Dr. Seung is a professor of computational neuroscience at MIT. A leading researcher in the emerging field of connectomics– the field of study that is attempting to map the connections in our brains– he has made important advances in artificial intelligence, neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and statistical physics. His recently published book, Connectome, does just what the subtitle says, explains how the brain's wiring makes us who we are. With implications for personality, identity, intelligence, memory, and even disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, this is a wide-ranging and fascinating book on a subject that would be right at home in a sci-fi movie but is in fact real! Don't miss this discussion!
And don't miss our recent interview with Dr. Jessica Pierce! Working in bioethics, Dr. Pierce is the co-author of Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals. What does it say about human morality and what does it mean for the study of morality that many animals demonstrate behaviors that can only be described with words like "justice", "fairness", and "altruism"?
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